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Initial post: Jun 17, 2012 6:55:12 AM PDT
I read "hous to house" by David bellavia, and it was an excellent read. Any suggestions for good page-turner military novels?

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 7:02:49 AM PDT
Here are a few that I couldn't put down,

Seal of Honor by Gary Williams
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Roughneck Nine-One by Frank Antenori
American Sniper: Autobiography of the Most Leathal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle

That's about it, I'm working on finding some other books in the genre that are good.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 11:18:08 AM PDT
rocky says:
Jeff Sahaara writes terrific military books, civil war , WWii ( both theaters of war). If you like WWii books, try authors: E.B. Sledge or Robert Leckie ( both Pacific theater of war and non- fiction)

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 6:37:24 AM PDT
Homeporter says:
Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
Close Quarters by Larry Heinemann

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 6:54:33 AM PDT
J. Brandt says:
Thanks for mentioning "Soldier of the Great War" as it is highly underrated and a piece of fiction gold.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 6:58:26 AM PDT
J. Brandt says:
David Robbins - The Last Citadel - great WWII fiction about the Battle of Kursk
Matterhorn - Karl Marlantes - great book about the Vietnam War.
The Berkut - Joseph Heywood. It's a book I read years ago. Great fiction as a group of Soviet soldiers hunt for Hitler in Berlin in the last days of WWII.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 8:00:34 PM PDT
rocky says:
Thanks....already read Karl Marlantes book, great real life story. Will try the Citadel

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 9:50:36 AM PDT
There are a couple of military history/non-fiction books from Stackpole offered free for kindle today - thought I'd post them here since this same 'audience' might be interested.

Street Without Joy: The French Debacle In Indochina (Stackpole Military History Series) - Bernard B. Fall

Lines of Fire: A Renegade Writes on Strategy, Intelligence, and Security - Ralph Peters

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 11:34:38 AM PDT
Three gripping books set in three wars.

Mercenary's Tale: Fighting Fidel Castro Anti Castro reality - reads like a novel
"Forgotten Soldier" Guy Sajer: First person German soldier's account of Eastern front in WWII.
"An Nasiriyah: the fight for the bridges" Marines' accounts of 2003 fighting in Iraq.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 3:03:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 26, 2012 3:06:29 PM PDT
Not sure if I should be doing the publishers' work for them, but I just got an email about this book, released today, which seems to fit what this thread is about.
Here's the link:

Hunt the Wolf: A SEAL Team Six Novel - Don Mann

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 11:44:38 AM PDT
This one is free today:

Proximity: A Novel of the Navy's Elite Bomb Squad - Stephen Phillips

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 12:46:31 PM PDT
If you've never read Clancy's earlier works, I highly recommend "The Hunt for Red October," "The Cardinal of the Kremlin," "Clear and Present Danger," and "The Sum of all Fears." "Without Remorse" is also a good read. I'm not a huge fan of Clancy's later works, but his Cold War stuff is as good as it gets and much of it is quite prophetic and still relevant to contemporary times, especially "The Cardinal of the Kremlin," which is about Afghanistan. "The Sum of all Fears" (Middle East nucs') is also still quite relevant, as is "Clear and Present Danger" (drug war).

Leonardo Noto

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 11:13:55 AM PDT
Lee Child's Reacher series is an anti-military series in a way. Reacher is an ex-MP. I think it's the best of the best personally!

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 11:41:58 AM PDT
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THE FINAL DEFENSE by Kenneth Wash is a military/terrorist book. Intense action and well worth the read.

The Final Defense

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 12:36:35 PM PDT
I forgot to mention it, but the book version of "Platoon" is also very good. Of course, the movie is as good as military movies get.

Leonardo Noto

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012 12:52:20 PM PDT
rocky says:
Already read every book in the series. Brad Thor is another great author with his black ops books. Thanks forthe post.

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 2:26:52 PM PDT
If you're interested in military nonfiction, check out LTC (R) Dave Grossman's "On Killing" and "On Combat." Both books blew my socks off.

Leonardo Noto

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012 6:25:33 PM PDT
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Cphe says:

Not sure if these are quite what you are looking for because they are mainly Navy War books - and very old - but I did a few years ago, see them for Kindle

The Doughlas Reeman books - has anyone else read them?
Also Alistair McLean wrote HMS Ulysses whic I very much enjoyed years ago.
The is also the classic
Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 7:40:43 PM PDT
M. Kelly says:
I just finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (author of Seabiscuit). It was really well reviewed on Amazon and it didn't disappoint. It is a fascinating true story about survival and redemption centered around a teenage dilinquent turned Olympic athlete turned air force bombardier during WWll.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 9:46:50 PM PDT
tomdawg says:
GEORGIA BURNS, by Tommy Davis, has military action within a United States about to come apart at the seams!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 1:14:06 AM PDT
I have to agree with you....Unbroken was a great book. Loved every page of it, very different from Seabiscuit.

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